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Training & Experience

 

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program is a 3-year program, which is composed of approximately 15 months of clinical training and 18 months of supervised research training. (3 months vacation).

 

Clinical Medicine Training

Inpatient training experiences at the Mattel Children's Hospital-UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital Santa Monica provide exposure to common and rare infectious diseases in community based and tertiary care settings. 

Our outpatient clinic in Westwood provides opportunities for long term follow up of children with complex diseases and experience in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and counseling of children in the ambulatory setting.

 

Research Training

Diverse research opportunities are available in basic and clinical sciences, and are chosen and tailored to meet the particular needs and interests of the individual fellow. Opportunities not only exist within the division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, but also throughout the entire UCLA Medical Campus. By the end of training, fellows will be conversant with the scientific method of approach to clinical or fundamental biological problems. Formal lectures, mentoring, and guidance prepares trainees for the preparation of grant proposals, abstracts, and manuscripts.

Basic Science Opportunities

Trainees in our program have many opportunities for basic research due to linkages with the Departments of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Recent trainees have been involved in research projects involving immunology and virology of a variety of pathogens in laboratories of the infectious diseases faculty, or faculty in these departments. Current areas of basic science investigation include pertussis, enteroviruses, and HIV.

Clinical Research

UCLA's large and diverse clinical volume lends itself to a variety of research opportunities, including both prospective studies and retrospective analysis of clinical experience.